One Selfless Act

Aside from people who loves us and would gladly take an extra mile of sacrifice, what will make a complete stranger become a hero or heroine to your eyes?

Is a cape or a costume important? Or maybe super powers to leap and save a person from a rushing bus?

Or just any kindness that comes from that person’s heart not knowing he saved a life?

Let me tell you something that touched my heart and made me think, “What will I do if I’m on her situation?”

I met a stranger on a bus one rainy night on my way home. She was shivering; her dress was wet because of the rain. I moved the air conditioner away from her and asked her if she’s okay.

“Yeah,” she slowly smiled.

We we’re silent for a moment and my eyes caught the extra sheet on her folder. It was a resume and it was all wet. She managed to save it but it was already smudged.

“From interview?” I asked.

“Yes, it’s hard to find a job right now in the middle of calamities and with so many competitions," she answered.

To kill the time, I asked her few questions that might help her find the right company for her. In the middle of our conversation, I found out she was already hired by one company as an Admin Assistant and was offered a good starting salary.

She told me that only two of them were chosen to make it to the final list. She was the one who was favoured to take the job – but she backed out.

What changed her mind was that, during the long wait on the lobby for the final interview, the other applicant just mentioned to her how he needed the job to feed his family. He has kids and he’s gone a long way of applying and interviews.

So when she was congratulated by the Hiring Manager, she calmly declined the offer and suggests hiring the man instead of her.

Then she said to me, “He just need the job way more than I do... That man is a father and he has kids.”

I glanced at her and I can’t find any trace of regret or bitterness on her decision. Then she smiled.

I bet she doesn’t know how many lives she’d saved that time for making that choice. I was moved by the great heart of this girl giving one great opportunity to a stranger and made one life of a family much better.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Great hub unknown spy. A very touching story and inspiring. Not all people will give up such opportunity. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

Really inspiring! In today's world of competition we hardly find people who are willing to sacrifice something as important as a job oppurtunity.

Very well written, Spy.

Voted up :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Very true..especially nowadays that job hunting is like survival of the fittest.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Hajira! thanks for the comment. yeah right..i think most people would save themselves first on this kind of job oppurtunity.


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WritingPrompts 4 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

The sacrifice is much more impressive than any costume or super-powers!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

whew, that would be very correct too WritingPrompts! thanks for the comment too!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

The hero is in each of us; you captured the human spirit beautifully!


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

onknown spy...few humans today would do such an act...it's good to know there are still a few empathetic..apathetic..out there...thanks for sharing a positive thought...


cleaner3 4 years ago

great write. good story line. excellent work.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

M,

Wow, what an act of sacrifice! If only everyone could live like this way! Great job here!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, she was a wonderful person for being so kind. If I ran that company, I would have given both of them that job, as it showed the woman to be exemplary in decision making.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Kudo's to the Lady on the bus, I don't think too many people would have done that.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

WOW what a great act of unselfishness she has displayed here, i would like to see more of this in our world today .

Vote up and more !!!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

This hub hits home for me. If it wasn't for the help of a stranger, I wouldn't be where I am now. I actually write an article about it, but strangers can become a hero to us. It is amazing how far a good gesture and a little help can go. She sounds like a special person. Up, useful, and awesome.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I loved your share on the topic and your story was so inspiring. It takes a real hero to allow someone else to shine!


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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

What would it be like, if the news started every evening with a story like this one? It will inspire us all to be kinder and act more noble to each other. What she did was incredible, it wasn't just a 'job' like at a deli it was a career job that is hard to be hired in.

Your writing gave her tribute to the character and heroine that she is.

Voted up and shared.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is beautiful Unknown Spy. You have a real gift of graciousness. What a loving gesture! Voting up and sharing.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a really beautiful story about selflessness and sharing. Great job!


Rosalinem 4 years ago

Hi unknown spy, this is a beautiful story and its good to meet with great strangers who restore our faith in humankind. Thanks for sharing about that fantastic lady,well written.


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

AWESOME LOVE By BERNARD LEVINE

To go to the ends of the world

to help a stranger

To give someone incredible kindness

they will never forget

To treat animals and all of nature

with respect and compassion

These are the things that give life true purpose.

To value your special uniqueness

as a beautiful child of God

To elevate your mind

with the higher value of integrity

To upgrade your living environment

planting seeds to enrich the soul

To give a child caring devotion

so they feel they are loved

To rise above your circumstances

with faith in the power of God

And with the purity of healing love

in your heart

your life will know no boundaries.

© Bernard Levine


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Guys, thank you for the support. It is indeed marvellous to hear and to meet people like her. It makes you yearn to help others too. Helping really makes you feel great..she gave up an oppurtunity to help one family...and to think that it is very hard nowadays to find a job..

Thank you all for reading and I hope people will be inspired by this young heroine with no name.

@billy, kj force, michael, j(osh), deb, joyce, kashmir, thelyricwriter, teaches, carly, tammy, rebecca, rosaline, sunkentreasure, mhater..

@sunkentreasure, that's an amazing poem. the message is very clear to amke us understand life's true purpose.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Very cool, yeah that level of altruism is pretty amazing.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

wow thanks so much Nanderson for your support :)


love 4 years ago

may she get the perfect job


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi love. thanks for reading


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh my word.. what a beautiful soul and thank you for writing about her..

blessings to you

Debbie


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Debbie! thank you for such kind words.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

That's totally awesome, Unknown. That's a very touching thing and really shows the compassion that people have for each other. :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello Aubrey. Hehe thank you for the comment. Yeah, i think she will be blessed with a perfect job.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

In today's world it can be hard to see others needs above our own.

this one act of kindness has changed one mans life, and through your sharing has the power to inspire more.

Thank you for sharing


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Nighthag. Yes absloutely correct. it is very hard knowing you need it too. some would think "why care?" but those people who really care for others are blessed by God in return.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a beautiful heart this unknown person has!!! This is truly inspiring to hear in these hard times nowadays, that someone has commited such a selfless act to help another and his family. God bless her and you for writing and sharing this. Voted Way Up I want to share this, but it seems for some reason, when I try to share other's hubs, it just is not working, but this one should be shared and read by many. Great story. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Faith, thank you.. very selfless act she'd done.. who knows maybe she got the job perfect for her after that. Thank you for reading Faith.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

An awesome.,clever tribute to the extraordinarily ordinary in our lives, Spy. This is awesome, and will be shared,


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Michelle. Nice of you to stop by. Huggs


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travmaj 4 years ago from australia

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story - how brave and composed and selfless she is. Stopped me in my tracks and made me think...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi Travmaj. thank you for the kind words...the first time i heard this, it really made me think too.. :)


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rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

Spy thank you for sharing this wonderful experience and the act of kindness :) You are a great spy and a cool writer! Stay blessed!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi there RD! thank you for stopping by..and for your lovely message. Take care! God Bless!


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shruti sheshadri 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

beautiful myz. Such actions indeed warm our hearts doesnt it?

voted up :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hello shruit..thanks much :)

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